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‘Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

Gerry Anderson, the British director and creator of the cult sci-fi animation series “Thunderbirds”, died on Wednesday aged 83, his son said on Wednesday. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease since 2010 and his health had deteriorated in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said on his personal website.…

JFK conspiracy theorists ask for inclusion in 50-year ceremony

Officials in Dallas, Texas, where former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, want to honor the 50th anniversary of his death with a celebration of his life in 2013. But conspiracy theorists who believe government officials played a role in his demise on Nov. 22, 1963, refuse to be sidelined,…

Home prices rise 4.3 percent in October

US home prices rose 4.3 percent in October as compared with last year, though slipped slightly from the previous month, according to S&P/Case-Shiller statistics released Wednesday. The 20-city price index declined 0.1 percent from September, according to data not adjusted for seasonal variations, but the group emphasized the strong year-on-year…

Newark Booker aide rejected million-dollar donation as ‘too small’

Cory Booker releases secret emails on $100M Facebook gift to Newark Schools (via NJ.com) NEWARK — Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, gave $100 million to the Newark public schools in hopes of encouraging contributions as small as $5 and $10 from everyday people, but that never happened. The City…

Sam Donaldson to tea party: ‘It’s not your country anymore – it’s our country’

During an appearance on Chris Matthews‘ syndicated weekend talk show, ABC News contributor and analyst Sam Donaldson criticized the tea party and argued that the movement and the Republican party were becoming increasingly in danger of irrelevancy. “It’s the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like…

Apple’s Siri has a rival: Google Voice Search

Apple promises a lot from Siri. The company advertises this “intelligent assistant” as a major selling point for new iPhones and iPads. Ask a question out loud, and Siri digs up an answer; dictate an appointment, and Apple’s software will jot down the date for you. At least, that’s the…

Wall Street stocks up after ‘fiscal cliff’ talks resume

US stocks opened slightly higher Wednesday, as President Barack Obama headed back to Washington to try to secure a year-end ‘fiscal cliff’ deal with Republican lawmakers. In roughly the first 15 minutes of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 22.59 points (0.17 percent) at 13,161.67. The broad-market S&P…

Lady Gaga shoe and Michael Jackson hat up for auction in Paris

A silver platform shoe tossed to the audience by Lady Gaga and a felt hat custom-made for Michael Jackson are among the items of celebrity memorabilia up for sale in Paris, an auction house said Wednesday. The February 11 sale at the Drouot auction house also features a leather ecritoire,…

Los Angeles gun buyback held early due to Newtown

Los Angeles is holding its annual gun buyback event Wednesday, a few months early in light of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., reported the Los Angeles Times. The city’s mayor wanted people to have the chance to take “concrete action” after the massacre that left 20…

GOP strategist: ‘I don’t think the NRA is listening’ to Americans

Republican strategist and CBS political analyst Frank Luntz said on CBS on Wednesday that both major political parties in the U.S. suffer from a disconnect with Americans, and that the NRA isn’t listening to the public’s views on gun policy. Citing a survey he conducted with the Republican Mainstream Partnership,…

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